Antlers are the usually large, branching bony appendages which grow on the heads
of males of most deer species.
Deer antlers fall off and re-grow completely every year and when they are
re-growing, the deer are said to be 'in velvet'. The growing antler is covered
in velvet which is the epidermis covering the inner structure of the growing
bone and cartilage, which then develops into antlers.
It is when the antlers are 'in velvet' the antlers are removed by certified
farmers and veterinarians, then they are frozen or dried before being
manufactured into various medicinal forms including powders, extracts, teas,
capsules, and tablets.
Deer Velvet is a natural remedy used for many ailments
Zealand Deer Velvet has gained an International
reputation as a first class dietary supplement for
boosting strength and endurance and to give faster
recovery after exertion.
trials conducted by the University of Otago (NZ)
"Human Performance centre" have produced
statistically significant results, giving anecdotal
support for it's use. In Asia deer velvet is a very
popular nutritional food supplement.
It used for increasing energy, both mental and physical stamina, stress related
symptoms, improving athletic performance, arthritis pain and rheumatism,
improving circulation, menstrual and menopausal disorders and skin conditions.
In Chinese medicine, deer velvet has been used to treat impotence, female
disorders, urinary problems, skin ailments, and knee weakness. It has also been
employed as a tonic in children with learning disabilities or insufficient
growth. On the other hand, Koreans use antler velvet in treating anemia and
impotence and to stimulate the immune system, treat impotence, improve heart
function, muscle tone, lung efficiency, and nerve function.
Velvet can be taken as a blood tonic to improve
vitality and increase energy. Deer Velvet contains
prostaglandin's that are important in cellular
metabolism and the bodys response to pain,
stress, inflammation and infections.
Deer Velvet is high in protein. One of the main
proteins found in Deer Velvet is collagen that is
beneficial as a skin care agent and in wound healing.
It also contains minerals such as calcium, potassium,
magnesium, nitrogen and selenium that are necessary
components of a healthy diet.
New Zealand Game Industry research shows that Deer
Velvet may help build and maintain endurance and
delay fatigue for sports people.
Professor Richard Cambie, Auckland University, New
Zealand (1991) identified compounds called Velva
tins. Some Velva tin substances produce a wide range
of responses from anti-cancer to anti-biotic
Deer Velvet is also reputed to have an aphrodisiac
effect and has been used to this end for centuries.
It can also help women's health problems such as
irregular and painful menstruation and reduce the
side effects of menopause.
Widely available in health stores.